I converted eventually to "orthodox Islam" so I am not a follower of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad or the Nation of Islam. However, if you are so immersed in self-hate you could never be a good Muslim. I think so-called Orthodox Muslims should also investigate if they are self-haters and if they are then the should buy "Message To The Black Man" by Elijah Muhammad.
According to Louis Farrakhan (of whom I am not a follower either), the Honorable Elijah Muhammad used words like "Islam" and "Allah" because he hoped that the Black man would eventually become righteous Muslims. To this end he set up a process by which they could emancipate themselves of mental slavery and rise from the quagmire of self-hate.
So I respect the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and it is high time that so-called Orthodox Muslims took a look at the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad if they too are (as many of them are) self-haters saddled with a huge inferiority complex to the white man. Remember that white supremacy is the dominant ideology in the world today. "The West" is merely a euphemism.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches you to stand upright into the true nature in which man is created - an entirely Qur'anic concept (see Ar-Rum 30:30). Something that no one before him ever thought to teach the Black man. Nobody but a Black man who himself rose from the muck and mire of the white man's world could teach this truth to the Black man.
The book is well written and features useful advice. However, orthodox Muslims should beware that the teachings of the prolific Elijah Muhammad are not in tandem with the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) and mainstream Islam.
Author biodata: Muhammad, Elijah (1897-1975), American black Muslim, who was leader of the Nation of Islam, or black Muslims, from 1934 until his death. He was born near Sandersville, Georgia. In 1923 he settled in Detroit, where, eight years later, he met and became a disciple of Walli Farad, founder of the Temple of Islam in Detroit. When Farad disappeared in 1934, Muhammad assumed leadership of the movement, which grew and prospered, especially in the 1960s, surviving a rift between Muhammad and his disciple Malcolm X.